Cycling vacation in Morocco

“On this eight-day cycling tour you can combine pedal power with help from a convenient minibus to speed things along, so you don’t miss anything of Morocco’s fantastic cultural highlights.”

Highlights

Marrakech | Ouarzazate | Draa Valley | Alnif | Jebel Sahro | Erfoud | El Kelaa Mgouna | Atlas Mountains | One night in a desert camp | Optional activities include: camel trekking

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Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Cycling vacation in Morocco

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Cycling; low impact on the environment and good for the health! Furthermore we enjoy the thrill of mountain biking whilst keeping our impact to a minimum as most of our cycling is on existing paths rather than off road.

Staying in and traveling through small villages along our journey, we are able to buy pottery and village crafted goods to support those local communities. It is also an ideal way to meet the local people more readily. Being on bikes, we can be quite versatile and are able to visit places that are not as easily accessible by other means of transport and can explore the high passes of the Central High Atlas.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism.
At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. Cool Earth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.

2 Reviews of Cycling vacation in Morocco

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Reviewed on 03 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Cycling down the Atlas Mountain road, very exhilarating.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


This is more than a cycling vacation, it is a chance to see parts of Morocco not seen by most travelers.
You have to be realistic and not expect top accommodation and food.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Explore employed (or contracted) Moroccan staff to run and support the vacation.
There was limited opportunity to support local shops and restaurants, apart from those that we were guided to.
We made an effort to reduce plastic waste by clubbing together to buy large containers of mineral water.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Probably the last day's cycling.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for surprisingly cold weather, specially at night, and rain.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think it probably did benefit local people. I doubt it reduced environmental impact given the 4 flights to get to and from Marrakech from London, and the amount of travel by vehicle that is covered in the trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


On the whole, very enjoyable.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your feedback regarding the above vacation.

We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback from your trip, and we are delighted to hear that you had a very enjoyable vacation. We have noted your comments regarding the environmental impact as a result of the four flights and the amount of driving on this tour.

We would like to assure you that we take Responsible Travel very seriously and we take various steps to minimise the impact we have on the environment, such as, traveling in small groups, offsetting carbon emissions and supporting conservation projects. We also aim to bring employment to the countries we visit by using only local suppliers, family run hotels and local leaders when possible.

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